Granada Province - Calahonda

The beautiful Calahonda coastal village on the Costa Tropical.  © Sophie Carefull
The beautiful Calahonda coastal village on the Costa Tropical.

Calahonda

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Not to be confused with Calahonda beach which is situated between Marbella and Fuengirola, Calahonda is a beautiful old fishing village on the Costa Tropical. Although Calahonda is considered to be a part of the Motril municipality, it is located on the eastern boundary of the municipality, straddling the A-7 coastal road.

Calahonda has not been subject to large developments like has been the case for some parts on the Costa Tropical and much of the Costa del Sol and therefore the coastal village has managed to preserve its' traditional identity. Calahonda can therefore provide a welcome escape from other areas on the Andalusian coastline where tourism can be overwhelming, in the summer months especially. Despite more modern developments being erected in the area to feed the demand for tourism in Andalucia, they have, on the whole, been built to try to respect and conform to the architecture representative of Calahonda.

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Calahonda is protected by a headland to the east and shadowed by cliffs that surround it. This is not to say that there is a sense of claustrophobia, but instead a sense of cosiness and safety resides over the village which looks out across the vast expanse of the Mediterranean. This natural headland has helped to create a sheltered harbour. 

The beach is clean and well equipped with showers, sun loungers and beach bars for the summer months, and lifeguards do operate in the high seasons. The heart of the village is just a short stroll from the beach, giving you quick access to the good selection of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and other local businesses. If you want a break from the coastline, Calahonda is but a short drive from the Sierra Nevada national park and ski resort where you can ski by day and return to the warm beach bars by night. The ski season in the Sierra Nevada lasts from around November to April depending on weather conditions.

GASTRONOMY

As a fishing village, you can enjoy all sorts of fish, locally sourced and freshly caught. Red mullet is common along the andalucian coastline as are the traditional fried fish dishes like sardines or calamarie, a perfect companion to a caña of spanish beer. 

FIESTAS

The first festival of Calahonda is in the name of the Patrona Virgen del Carmen, and is celebrated on 16th July every year. The next festival is not long after, on the 26th July and celebrates Patrón San Joaquín. The town's largest fair spans from 1st until 7th August.

DIRECTIONS

From Malaga airport, Calahonda lies just an hour and a half's drive away. Set out on the MA-20 towards Malaga city until you reach the A-7 which you should take until just before Motril where you should exit via the N-323, then take the N-340 all the way into Salobrena.

From Granada city, Calahonda is just 80km. Take the A-44 (direction Motril) until joining N-323 just before arriving at Motril, and then take the N-340 which takes you directly to the village.